Magazine article American Libraries

Alire, Williams Seek 2009-2010 ALA Presidency

Magazine article American Libraries

Alire, Williams Seek 2009-2010 ALA Presidency

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Camila Alire, dean emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and J. Linda Williams, coordinator of library media services for Anne Arundel County (Md.) public schools, are candidates for the 2009-2010 ALA presidency. The Executive Board approved the Nominating Committee's selections at its October 20-21 fall meeting in Chicago (see p. 62).

Alire is currently professor of practice (adjunct) for Simmons College's doctoral program in managerial leadership in Boston and adjunct professor for San Jose (Calif.) State University Library and Information Science's executive MLIS Managerial Leadership Program. She previously served as dean of libraries at the University of Colorado at Denver as well as assistant to the dean/instructor for UCD's LIS program. Alire has also worked as a community college library director, a special library director, and a school librarian (K-12).

She is chair of ALA's Committee on Legislation and previously chaired the Association's Nominating Committee (1995), the Committee on Education (1996), and the American Libraries Advisory Committee (1998-1999). Alire has been a member of ALA's Executive Board (2000-2003) and the Association's governing Council (1997-2003). She is also past president of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries (2005-2006) and served as chair of the division's 2005 national conference. Alire also served as president of the ALA affiliate Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (1993-1994).

Alire has served on the boards of directors of the Association for Research Libraries and the Colorado Council on Library Development and as a member of several Colorado Association of Libraries committees as well as on several regional library system governing boards.

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The coauthor of several books on library services to Latino communities, disaster recovery, and leadership, Alire has written extensively on the topic of diversity. In 2000, she was named to ALA's Association for Library Trustees and Advocates' National Advocacy Honor Roll for her library advocacy work; she received the Mountain Plains Library Association's Legislative Award (1995), and served as a Chicago Public Library System's Scholar-in-Residence (1999). In 1997, she was the recipient of the first ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and was named Reforma's Librarian of the Year. …

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